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In this article, the writer compares and contrasts the character of Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus the King with Augustus from Rita Dove's 'The Darker Face of the Earth. The analysis includes a number of aspects of Oedipus and Augustus meant to prove that both Oedipus and Augustus meet their tragic ends because their discovery that they have committed incest and patricide makes them prefer death over continuing to live.
From the Paper:"There are so many similarities and differences between Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Rita Dove's 'The Darker Face of the Earth' that it is difficult to know where to begin a comparative analysis of the two dramas. However a close reading and study of each play leads to one overriding question 'How do the strong social taboos against incest and patricide impact the protagonist of each play'. In seeking an answer to this question it becomes readily apparent ..."
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